Bianchi unveil Vacansoleil-DCM Oltre XR
A bit of bike porn to start the week

Bianchi have revealed the Oltre XR bike that World Tour team Vacansoleil-DCM will be riding next year, and here it is in all its finery.

Of course, we’ve already reviewed the bike, although we had it in a different build. 

The Oltre XR is a monocoque carbon frame designed for all-out performance and developed with input from Vacansoleil-DCM. It combines UMS40 and CN60 ultra high modulus carbon fibers. Bianchi reckon it’s 30g lighter than the previous generation Oltre and 20% stiffer. The official frame weight for a 55cm model is 895g (+/- 5%).

Team riders, including Belgium’s Thomas de Gendt who finished third overall in the Giro d’Italia this year, will use a 2013 Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupset, combined with FSA K-Force chainset and new SL-K brakes. 

Here’s the full spec list for you to cut out and keep…

Frame Bianchi HoC Oltre XR Carbon, X-TeX technology, UTSS Ultra Thin Seat Stay, Internal cable routing, BB30 system 

Fork Bianchi Oltre HoC Full Carbon 1 1/2in - 1 1/8in              

Seatpost Bianchi Oltre Full Carbon Aero 

Chainset FSA K-Force Light BB386 EVO Carbon 53/39 

Bottom bracket FSA BB30 

Brakes FSA SL-K, new 

Headset FSA Orbit 1 1/8in – 1 1/2in
Stem FSA Plasma Compact Integrated
Handlebar FSA Plasma Compact Integrated 

Handlebar tape Lizard Skins Celeste Bianchi colour 

Saddle Selle San Marco Regale 

Wheels Fast Forward F6r carbon 

Tyres Vredestein Fortezza Pro TriComp 

Shifters Campagnolo Super Record EPS 11-spd
Rear mech Campagnolo Super Record EPS 11-spd
Front mech Campagnolo Super Record EPS 11-spd 

Cassette Campagnolo Super Record 11-spd 

Chain KMC XL 11-spd 

Bottle Elite Corsa Team 

Bottle cage Elite Sior Mio carbon 

Pedals Look Keo Blade
Powermeter Cycleops Powertap system 

Get more details on the Oltre XR from www.bianchi.com. 

Mat has worked for more bike magazines than anyone else in the known universe, dating back to a time when this was all just fields. He's been road.cc technical editor for four years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. When he's not cycling around Wiltshire, he's running around it, or possibly swimming (sadly, he's one of those 'triathletes'). Mat is a youthful 42-year-old Cambridge graduate, GSOH etc.


new-to-cycling [47 posts] 2 years ago

Looking at that spec sheet definitely causes bike lust

arrieredupeleton [574 posts] 2 years ago

If I guess the price can I have one?

Nick T [912 posts] 2 years ago

Pretty handy spec. Looks boss in those team colours too, I think we have an early front runner for smartest looking frame on the tour with Lampre taking a shocking nosedive from the awesome Zero.7's and Cento1's in their neon livery to those Merida things.

sunburnt [6 posts] 2 years ago

Carbon fibre doesn't really turn me on, I normally reserve my lust for 80's steel.

I'll make an exception here.

ljblas [17 posts] 2 years ago

Just a beautiful work of art, livery and bike in total harmony. Apparently the ride isn't too shabby either!
Just an all round marriage wrecking material - damn you Bianchi!!!

Tjuice [163 posts] 2 years ago

Not usually a major Bianchi fan, but that bike is stunning. Just wish they'd done the bar tape in the dark blue colour (top of the down tube), rather than the greeny blue colour.

Still, an easy change for anyone who can afford to buy one.